At the time we wrote this, we felt like we needed a firm explanation for why Goblaurence, who was “there to be the brains,” was not in fact the leader. Don’t brains generally lead? Well, it’s a subtle distinction, but many would say that they lead their own lives with a combination of brains and heart.

(Some wouldn’t know where to draw the line between “heart” and “courage,” either. Magda seems more about compassion and hardy optimism than Auraugu, who has all the guts but isn’t too shy about killing helpless opponents.)

Metaphors of questionable biological accuracy aside, I now doubt Goblaurence ever expected to lead. He’s efficiency-minded enough to know that disagreeable types like him aren’t the best at getting others to do things. All he wants is to do what he does best and have the leader’s ear when it counts.